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Hunter Pence boosts Giants past Phillies 3-1 (w/video)

  • San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey at bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

PHILADELPHIA — Hunter Pence drove in all of San Francisco’s runs with a double in the ninth and Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings to lead the Giants to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

Bumgarner (12-7) gave up five hits while striking out six and walking none in a pitchers’ duel with A.J. Burnett.

It was the sixth win in seven games for first-place San Francisco, which moved two games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West. The Giants will look to sweep the four-game series on Thursday.

One night after blowing just his third save in 26 chances, closer Jonathan Papelbon (2-2) took the loss.

The Phillies’ offense, which ranks near the bottom of the NL in several categories, managed just seven hits. They lost their fourth straight and seventh of eight.


Pence broke a scoreless tie with a softly hit blooper down the right-field line off Papelbon on a full count with two outs.

Marlon Byrd drove in Philadelphia’s run in the ninth off Santiago Casilla, who converted his seventh save in 10 chances.

The game was delayed for 59 minutes by a thunderstorm. Following resumption in the top of the fourth, the game was played in a persistent drizzle that got heavy at times until the rain finally stopped for good in the eighth inning.

Burnett pitched eight scoreless innings, striking out six, walking four and allowing four hits, in a performance that had to have impressed the scouts seated behind home plate. The right-hander has been a rumored acquisition for contending clubs as the Phillies are looking to sell at the trade deadline to get younger.

Bumgarner and Burnett allowed the relievers to rest following Tuesday’s 5-hour, 46-minute marathon in which 16 pitchers were used in the Giants’ 9-6, 14-inning victory.


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